Guitar Karaoke! Courtesy of JamVOX

Posted by Michael Mueller on March 31, 2009 at 3:01 PM

Personally, I've never been a huge fan of karaoke—listening to drunk people sing out of time and out of key just doesn't do it for me, no matter how brutally bad it can be. But when the Guitar Hero video game came out, I figured it wouldn't be long before someone organized real guitar hero competitions—karaoke style—using real guitars. Now that would be fun, right?

Now, thanks to the good folks over at Vox Amplification, my dream has come true! The company is sponsoring "JamVOX Nights," a series of free nationwide "guitaraoke" events for guitarists of all levels. During April and early May, guitarists are invited to visit local music stores to check out and test-drive the new JamVOX guitar entertainment/training system. The series has been created to bring together the local communities of guitarists and their friends to showcase their talents on their own guitar in a fun, non-competitive environment.

JamVoxThe JamVOX system features software that lets users extract the lead guitar parts from their favorite songs and then play along in place of the original guitar tracks (hence, "guitaraoke"). At each event, everyone will be shown how to use the JamVOX and then invited to come up and show off their inner guitar hero using their own guitar playing along to any song they choose from a wide selection of classic tunes. Anyone who plugs in will receive a limited-edition VOX t-shirt. Other door prizes will be available as well. For more information, please visit the JamVOX page at the Vox website.

"JamVOX Nights" dates and locations (7:00 pm start except where noted):

April 8, 2009
Quality Guitars
7229 Forest Oaks Blvd
Spring Hill, FL 34606

April 10, 2009
Ken Stanton Music
North 41 Plaza
119 Cobb Parkway North, Suite A
Marietta, GA 30062

April 15, 2009
CA House Music
52335 National Road
St. Clairsville, OH 43950

April 16, 2009 (6:00 pm)
Cascio Interstate Music
13819 W. National Ave.
New Berlin, WI 53151

April 17, 2009
Accent Music
4120 Concord Pike
Wilmington, DE 19803

April 22, 2009 (6:30 pm)
Daddy's Junky Music
159 Massachusetts Ave
Boston, MA 02115

April 22, 2009
JB Hart Music
417 Main St
Grand Junction, CO 81501

April 22, 2009 (6:00 pm)
Bailey Brothers
4673 Highway 280 East
Birmingham, AL 35242

April 24, 2009
Corner Music
2705 12th Ave S
Nashville, TN 37204

April 29, 2009
Guitar Trader
7120 Clairemont Mesa Blvd
San Diego, CA 92111

May 1, 2009
Northwest Guitars
13107 NE 20th St # 3
Bellevue, WA 98005

May 1, 2009
517-B S Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78704


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